looking for carefree color

at the end of my driveway, i have four white birch trees that are just beautiful. the entrance could use some color however and i would like to put some bushes of some sort out there.
roses that don't rot? and bloom forever? :)
any suggestions?
rosie the VERY lazy gardener
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"readandpostrosie" wrote:

What do you mean by the "end" of your driveway, the foot (by the road) or the head (by where you park)... I think of where one parks as the "end", as in the driveway *ends* at the garage. It's generally not a good idea to plant shrubs at the foot of a driveway (can obstruct the view of the roadway). Since you're not sure what you want I would suggest planting a patch of annuals, color choices are infinite, and annuals were invented for lazy people. At some point you may decide on something more permanent, like a low growing rock garden... but if you live where snow fall is considerable it's a good idea not to do anything too involved at the foot of the driveway or snow removal will probably do major damage to your efforts. A small patch of petunias will add lots of color all summer and require minimal care.
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Sheldon[_1_];741267']"readandpostrosie" wrote:-
at the end of my driveway, i have four white birch trees that ar just beautiful. the entrance could use some color however and i would like to pu some bushes of some sort out there.
roses that don't rot? and bloom forever? :)
any suggestions?
rosie the VERY lazy gardener-
What do you mean by the "end" of your driveway, the foot (by the road) or the head (by where you park)... I think of where one parks as the "end", as in the driveway *ends* at the garage. It's generally not a good idea to plant shrubs at the foot of a driveway (can obstruct the view of the roadway). Since you're not sure what you want I would suggest planting a patch of annuals, color choices are infinite, and annuals were invented for lazy people. At some point you may decide on something more permanent, like a low growing rock garden... but if you live where snow fall is considerable it's a good idea not to do anything too involved at the foot of the driveway or snow removal will probably do major damage to your efforts. A small patch of petunias will add lots of color all summer and require minimal care.
i think the suggestions made by sheldon are really good as we dont know what the area that u want to put colour into looks like or where it is actually located. maybe take a picture so that we can at least get an idea of where u want to put things. just a thought. good luck. cyaaaaaaa, sockiesca :)
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thanks to both of you! by the end, i DID mean the entrance to our driveway..................but about 20 feet from where the snow is piled up in the winter. annuals are for "lazy" folks? i would have thought the opposite......................perennials, need to be planted just once! ;)

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Many perennials do require a fair bit of work, and most only bloom for a short time. Annuals, however are quite carefree and most self-seed freely and thus also only need to be planted once... :-)
I haven't planted violas, snapdragons, gloriosa daisies, alyssum, foxglove, moss rose or sunflowers for years... they just keep coming back. I might relocate a few, but otherwise I just let 'em grow.
One perennial that I've lately fallen in love with is Summer Sun Heliopsis. Nice tall perennial with yellow flowers and a long blooming time. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55618 /
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